1st Edition

Early Modern Streets A European Perspective

Edited By Danielle van den Heuvel Copyright 2023
    238 Pages 16 Color & 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 16 Color & 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 16 Color & 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    For the first time, Early Modern Streets unites the diverse strands of scholarship on urban streets between circa 1450 and 1800 and tackles key questions on how early modern urban society was shaped and how this changed over time.

    Much of the lives of urban dwellers in early modern Europe were played out in city streets and squares. By exploring urban spaces in relation to themes such as politics, economies, religion, and crime, this edited collection shows that streets were not only places where people came together to work, shop, and eat, but also to fight, celebrate, show their devotion, and express their grievances. The volume brings together scholars from different backgrounds and applies new approaches and methodologies to the historical study of urban experience. In doing so, Early Modern Streets provides a comprehensive overview of one of the most dynamic fields of scholarship in early modern history.

    Accompanied by over 50 illustrations, Early Modern Streets is the perfect resource for all students and scholars interested in urban life in early modern Europe.

    Part 1: Contours and Foundations

    1. Framing the street

    Danielle van den Heuvel

    2. Sources and methods for studying historical streets

    Fabrizio Nevola

    3. Representing the street in words and images

    Melissa Calaresu

    4. Sensing the street

    Catherine Richardson

    Part 2: Street Use

    5. Street politics

    Maartje van Gelder

    6. Street economies

    Anne Montenach

    7. Religion in the streets

    Suzanna Ivanič

    8. Street crimes

    Marion Pluskota and Sanne Muurling


    Danielle van den Heuvel is Associate Professor in early modern history at the University of Amsterdam and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History. Her research focuses on cities and encompasses aspects of gender, food and digital history.